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Briana Reed

BRIANA REED (St. Petersburg, FL.) began her dance training at The Academy of Ballet Arts, studying Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Russian Character. Ms. Reed continued her studies at The Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School under the direction of Reginald Yates studying Ballet, Pointe, Martha Graham technique and West African dance. She spent summers studying at The Ailey School as a scholarship student studying Ballet, Dunham, Horton and Jazz techniques. These summers studying at The Ailey School broadened her view of dance as a vehicle for expression far beyond making beautiful shapes. In high school Ms. Reed joined Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet under the direction of Jai Hinson. Ms. Reed received a full scholarship to study at The Juilliard School where she studied Alexander technique, Ballet, Taylor, Graham and Limõn.

Upon graduation from The Juilliard School she was offered a spot in Ailey II. A year later Ms. Reed auditioned and was accepted into The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she performed as a Principal Dancer for sixteen years. Ms. Reed has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Ulysses Dove, Lester Horton, Hans Van Manen and Billy Wilson. She has worked with and performed works by world-renowned choreographers Kyle Abraham, Karole Armitage, Robert Battle, Mauro Bigonzetti, Anthony Burrell, Camille Brown, Ronald K. Brown, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Donald Byrd, George Faison, Rennie Harris, Geoffrey Holder, Judith Jamison, Bill T. Jones, Abdul Latif, Jonathan Lee, Alonzo King, Jaquel Knight, Wayne McGregor, Donald McKayle, Earl Mosley, Ohad Naharin, Benoit Swan Pouffer, Redha, Dwight Rhoden, Matthew Rushing, Twyla Tharp, Shin Wei and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

In 2010 Ms. Reed was honored to perform at The White House in tribute to Judith Jamison and in 2013 First Lady Michelle Obama invited her to speak to the mentees of the White House Leadership and Mentoring Initiative at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Reed is a two time recipient of the Key to the City of St. Petersburg, FL. Ms. Reed is an ABT Affiliate Teacher, of the ABT National Training Curriculum and has successfully presented students for examinations, earning her the distinction ABT Teaching Fellow. Ms. Reed has been honored to perform on Good Morning America, ELLEN, Carmen and Geoffrey a documentary that chronicles the lives of historic African American icons Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for designer Tracy Reese, NETFLIX The Get Down, MTV VMAS with Beyoncé and Saturday Night Live.

Ms. Reed choreographed and was the lead actor in a short film titled The Miracle Twerker directed by Nick Minas screened at The Directors Guild and Steiner Studios. Ms. Reed was honored to perform a solo she choreographed for 5050 by 2020 co-founded by Joey Soloway. Ms. Reed choreographed Tonya Pinkins' Womyn Working It Out a collection of 8 plays performed at The Tank NYC.